Ray-Ban was established in 1936 when US Air Corps Colonel John Macready teamed up with Bausch & Lomb, a medical equipment manufacturer. Macready was concerned about the reduced visibility for pilots at high altitudes due to the intense hues in the sky and fogging. Working together, Macready and Bausch & Lomb created their first design to remedy these visibility problems in 1936, known as ‘anti-glare’ glasses. Since then, Ray-Ban has become a leader in eyewear for both sunglasses and prescription styles. In 1999, Ray-Ban was acquired by the luxury eyewear conglomerate Luxottica Group.
Known for their iconic Wayfarer and Aviator designs, Ray-Ban offers a number of shapes and styles, from round to hexagonal to rectangular, for both men and women. The brand utilises a timeless and wearable aesthetic which means that Ray-Ban designs will be worn from year to year. With a wide range of colour combinations and a choice of lenses, Ray-Ban glasses can truly reflect a personal style. For true individualisation, a customisation service is also available, allowing the customer to choose a frame style, lenses and temple details, as well as being able to add an engraving. From prescription styles to sunglasses, Ray-Ban is a go-to choice for an effortlessly cool appearance and high quality design.
Ray-Ban stores are found across the world, as well as in many department stores and multi-brand stores. Their designs are also available online through the brand’s online store.